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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BMSC2119 Experimental Skills

10 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Charlotte Haigh

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2020/21


BMSC1213Basic Laboratory and Scientific Skills 2

Module replaces

BMSC2302, 2303, 2305 and 2307

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of the module students should be able to:
- discuss ethical issues relating to experiments in biomedical sciences;
- state the basic principles of experimental design;
- use simple statistics and other basic mathematical techniques to analyze and interpret data;
- report experimental findings in a manner similar to publications in the biomedical literature;
- use some experimental techniques relevant to modern biomedical sciences, and
- use scientific literature in an appropriate manner and reference published work correctly.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:
- identify ethical issues in relation to human and animal experimentation;
- identify the need for and apply statistical analyses to data;
- locate and select scientific information to support arguments, and
- describe the basic principles of the techniques used in practical classes.

Skills outcomes
Professional Development:
- Students will have worked effectively in groups, shown skills in data handling and effectively communicated experimental findings by written report.


Students will be introduced to the ethics of experimentation and taught the principles of experimental design and the essential statistical and mathematical methods necessary for completion of the module.

Practical exercises will focus on some key methods in biomedical sciences.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours70.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

70 hours - analysis of data, review of literature, writing laboratory reports and preparation for exam

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance at practicals.
Example short answer questions to be provided on Minerva.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical Report.40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Any absence from a practical class will attract a v-code. To remove the v-code the student must submit a lab report, based on data provided to them, by a given deadline. The lab report will be check marked to determine it has reached a pass standard. Feedback will not be provided on it.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

short answer question exam (choose 3 from 4).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/04/2019


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